In this workshop, you will learn to unlock the deeper meaning of three iconic Shakespeare speeches: Lady Macbeth’s seductive overtures to the spirits of darkness, King Lear’s piercing moment of self-recognition, and Henry V’s rousing speech to his men on the eve of the Battle of Agincourt (1415), a battle in which the French soldiers outnumbered the English by a ratio of 5:1.
You will be introduced to the iambic pentameter and shown how to close read a literary text, especially one which is written in verse form. By paying meticulous attention to poetic form, you will (a) learn how to identify key literary devices such as alliteration, assonance, caesura, and plosives; (b) discover through these devices multiple layers of meaning; and (c) enjoy the inestimable pleasure of fully appreciating Shakespeare’s craft.
*No previous experience with Shakespeare is necessary.
After receiving her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1994, Francesca has been introducing students all over the world to the transformative power of poetry. Be it the sonnet, the satire, the elegy or the soliloquy, the works of great poets have inspired revolutions, toppled governments, and laid bare the torments of the human heart. Francesca’s most recent publications are articles on Othello and Macbeth. She also has a forthcoming book, her second on Nietzsche’s most inaccessible work, Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
All of our workshops are held over Zoom.
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The talk was very interesting and detailed. I could understand the pieces discussed in depth and from other perspectives which I hadn't explored before. I also likes the passion with which Dr Cauchi gave the talk because it was transmitted to the audience and kept my attention on the talk. I think this talk was really good and I hope there is another one soon.
The knowledge that Dr. Cauchi has is amazing. I gained so much information in 70 minutes more than any course I’ve ever taken before. I’d be more than willing to take another one with her.